The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council further strengthened its ties with their regional counterparts at a recent meeting held in New Caledonia.

Fiji Crop and Livestock Council Chairman Simon Cole says that the relationship with the Chamber has also resulted in a significant financial contribution to the re‑establishment of agriculture in Fiji.

He says the meeting discussed similarities of agriculture and related issues in the Pacific Island nations which includes cash cropping and incorporating traditional knowledge in farming systems.

Cole says that opportunities for regional cooperation were raised such as technology exchange, trade and the promotion of exchange visits particularly to encourage young entrants to the industry.

He says there is also a need to design a protein rich feed concentrate to supplement local feeds and improve the performance of livestock systems throughout the islands.

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